People should not take the Bible at face value, a leading British scholar has said after analyzing a unique Latin interpretation of the gospels from 800 AD. Dr. Hugh Houghton of the University of Birmingham said the Bible should not be taken literally, after studying a copy of a fourth-century commentary by African-born Italian Bishop Fortunatianus of Aquileia, which reads the religious text as a series of allegories rather than literal history. “There’s been an assumption

that it’s a literal record of truth – a lot of the early scholars got very worried about inconsistencies between Matthew and Luke, for example,” Houghton said, according to the Telegraph. “But for people teaching the Bible in the fourth century, it’s not the literal meaning which is important, it’s how it’s read allegorically. “In contemporary Biblical scholarship, a lot of the gospels are written with symbolism in mind. READ MORE